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Spring Training News and Notes III

This edition could have easily had a Star Wars-inspired titled called Spring Training III: Revenge of the Injury Bug. It seems that a great deal of news this week concerns injuries. This has some wondering if Spring Training is too long. Some feel that, even in a year like this one when it is somewhat shorter than usual because of an early start to the regular season, everyone who was going to get their timing down well enough to make a big league roster has already done so. Therefore, we would be able to bypass the…

Observations from the Beat Al Melchior League Draft

I'm a big fan of deep leagues, but one of the less attractive aspects of drafting a large player pool is finding players you can be enthused about in the later rounds. Usually, it's not a problem we need to sweat. Even in deep formats, savvy owners can usually fill the gaps they left with bad late picks through trades or FAAB bidding. So imagine being in a 15-team league with 50-player rosters that doesn't allow trading or add/drops. That is a reality for me and the 14 owners who paid a $150 entry fee for the chance at a…

Yankees, Rays, and Diamondbacks Complete Three-Way Trade

The Yankees, Rays, and Diamondbacks have completed a three-way trade that helps each team. For the Diamondbacks, they acquire some more outfield depth in Steven Souza. The Yankees add some infield depth as they transition two rookies to the majors. The Rays shed some salary, clear up an outfield logjam, and get a couple of prospects headlined by Anthony Banda. With so many moving pieces, here is how the trade affects each team. Diamondbacks The Diamondbacks receive the most fantasy relevant player in the trade, with…